Former two-time heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale would like to get himself into some sort of eliminator or the like, as he’s recently called out Dillian Whyte, but also says he would risk sanctioning body standing for a fight with former WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr.
Breazeale (20-2, 18 KO), a former U.S. Olympian with title losses to Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, says he would look to partially employ the approach AJ used in his Dec. 2019 rematch with Ruiz, but that he’d also “probably” go for the KO at some point:
“You get a big guy that can use his jab and move around the ring the way that Joshua was doing, a guy in Ruiz’s situation doesn’t stand a chance. That’s the same game plan that I would be taking into the approach of fighting Andy Ruiz, although I’m a fan-pleasing fighter and I’m probably going to go for the knockout at one point.”
The 34-year-old Breazeale has fallen well short in his two biggest fights, and a fight with Ruiz (33-2, 22 KO) would be big for his career in all respects. Before you write it off as a headliner, please remember the last FOX main event was Adam Kownacki vs Robert Helenius. Ruiz-Breazeale could easily headline TV, and both are with PBC.
Really, it’s a pretty good matchup for both at this time. Ruiz has a lot to prove for a guy who was the Cinderella Man of boxing less than a year ago, and Breazeale could really use a marquee fight with a name opponent for a possible win.